Most meetings in Provincetown are held in person, typically with an online-attendance option for both committee members and residents. Click on the meeting you want to attend on the calendar at provincetown-ma.gov for a link to an agenda and details. All meetings are at Town Hall unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, Dec. 14
- Board of Assessors, noon
- Water and Sewer Board, 2 p.m., V.M.C.C.
- Board of Health, 4 p.m.
- Public Pier Corp. Board, 5 p.m.
- Planning Board, 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 18
- Art Commission, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20
- Historic District Commission, 3:30 p.m.
- School Committee, 5 p.m., School Library
Thursday, Dec. 21
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m.
Psilocybin in the Legislature
At its meeting on Dec. 11, the select board heard a detailed presentation from James Davis, executive director of the nonprofit Bay Staters for Natural Medicine, about psilocybin.
Davis and select board member Erik Borg asked the board to pass a resolution calling on the legislature to remove the contents of a ballot measure that is currently before it — the “Natural Psychedelic Substances Act” — and replace it with language that Davis claimed would prevent a centralized and high-cost industry from developing.
“We do not want to follow the pathway of the Cannabis Control Commission” or of a psilocybin legalization effort in Oregon, Davis said, both of which erred by creating elaborate licensing regimes that drove up costs and prices and favored well-financed operators.
Instead, their resolution called for the state to authorize ballot language that would legalize the consumption and production of psylocibin mushrooms “in a straightforward manner.”
After almost an hour of discussion, the board voted for the resolution, with John Golden, Erik Borg, and Austin Miller in favor, chair Dave Abramson opposed, and Leslie Sandberg abstaining.
Abramson said he wanted to let town meeting voters decide the issue, but Davis said the ballot language would already be finalized by then, and any effort to influence the legislature could not wait that long. —Paul Benson